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Newsletter - September 2010

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After a super summer in the field, (thanks Jane) autumn has arrived and our lecture programme is about to 'kick off' in style on October 13th with lecture on Meteorites by Professor Jamie Gilmour. This will be preceded by our annual Conversazione with wine and nibbles at 6.00 pm. We expect a big turnout for the Broadhurst lectures on November 13th, so you will need to book a place with Jim Spencer beforehand, ring him on 0161 434 7977 or email him in plenty of time. Please be aware of the various start times this season.

From time to time we appeal for members to join and work with the Council to ensure the continued smooth running of the Association. There will be some changes next year so we are looking for members to volunteer as ordinary Council members now and others to help with a refreshment rota. Please speak to any council member if you can offer the MGA a little of your time.

Those of you who get this newsletter by post will be aware of the different format. Maureen Abrahams and Marjorie Mosley have kindly taken over the printing and distribution of the paper copies of the newsletter, and although the new printer prefers this layout, and I have to work in multiples of 4, it's cheaper! Enclosed is your copy of the North West Geologist, our 'house' magazine.. Enjoy! Emailers will receive their NWG very shortly.

There are lots of field reports this time and more to follow in the December newsletter. My thanks to all contributors, do keep them coming, but PLEASE send photos separately and individually, it takes a while to unpick them from Word documents to go into Publisher. Remember, you can have your newsletter by email in full colour, just let me or Fred Owen know.

With very best wishes to all
Mary Howie
MGA newsletter editor

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Greater Manchester RIGS Group

Thanks to Chris Arkwright's and Fred Owen's contribution to GMRIGS, a number of sites in the Bolton and Trafford area have been successfully assessed, and will be designated. This completes the target for Summer 2010.

Following a meeting at Rochdale Cemetery with stonemason, Mr. Roger Gregson, restoration of the 19th Century Geological Trail is in hand. It was agreed, following advice from Mr. Derek Mack, Cemetery Organiser at Rochdale, that the restoration should be low key so as not to draw too much attention to these valuable specimens. Briefly, the Start Stone will be removed from the ditch and placed near the beginning of the trail, and obstructive vegetation will be cut back from the Mountain Limestone, Finish Stone and Glacial Stones. Some missing specimens will be replaced, and all specimens will have small discrete areas cleaned to allow closer examination. It was decided that the leaning specimens were quite safe and best left undisturbed.

On Monday 12th July I attended a meeting of the North West Geodiversity Partnership (NWGP) at Natural England's Manchester Office. Attending were members from GeoLancashire, Cheshire RIGS, Cumbria RIGS and Mandy Jewell from Natural England. The Greater Manchester Local Geodiversity Action Plan is making steady progress and is almost ready for printing.

The Resource Centre at the Manchester Museum, and John Rylands University Library Map Room, are proving to be excellent working areas. Thank you to the staff for their help. Thank you also to Manchester Geological Association and Natural England for their continuing support.

Marjorie E. Mosley, Secretary, GMRIGS Group, September 2010.

Marjorie asks for your help re this mystery stone

Near to the Halebank site in Trafford, NGR SJ 7930 8440, close the car park entrance to Sunbank Wood, a large glacial erratic can be seen on the footpath. It has a greenish hue and is cut by mineral veins. Does anyone have any information about this erratic; if so, please contact me on or 0161 432 4343.
Erratic in Sunbank Wood

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Llangollen - Sunday 23 May 2010. Field Excursion Report

Peter del Strother has written a field trip report.

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Field Trip to Park Bridge

Linda Jones has written a field trip report.

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Behind the Scenes in Several Museums - Even More Amazing Fossils

Mary Howie has written a trip report (to be added)

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